“THIS IS 98.4 FM Radio and I am your host and dost Abhijeet. As I peep outside my window, I can see that it is drizzling outside and the city is simmering bright amidst the flashy lights like a jugnu ‘n’ friends, you have tuned into your favourite programme ‘Purani Jeans’ right here on ‘Radio Mirchi’.”
This drooling and mellifluous voice directly hits the heart when lakhs of listeners switch on the radio set in the late hours, almost everyday, between 9 and 11 to lend an ear to the lively numbers on the most popular show based on retro music (in Hindi) called Purani Jeans.
Hot shot radio jockey (RJ) Abhijeet Rathore, who hosts Purani Jeans for Radio Mirchi (Indore) couldn’t have asked for more. “Every day is a celebration and interacting with more than a million people gives me a high,” he quips in.
Opines Rathore, “Radio Mirchi will soon knock Bhopal and this will spell a turnaround because it is surely going rock all your lives for it will change attitudes, habits and lifestyles drastically”.
Abhijeet was in Bhopal to take up classes for public speaking, presentation skills and motivation at finishing and grooming institute Facelift Foundation, Bhopal.
Music is integral to the life of a radio jockey and Rathore couldn’t agree more. “Music heals your mind body and soul. It fills you with optimism and infuses a zeal and jest for life no matter how worse a mood you are in. And whenever I am raked up or in a bad mood while entering the studios I just play on my favorite music and all the negativity fades away. We RJ’s have to chilled out in life and emotionally detached even if in pain”, he adds.
This ‘Badshah of Retro’ (his sobriquet) never realised that his voice could save a life until he came across a young female listener from Indore, reeling through a bout of depression and wanted to kill herself on account of her failure in medical exams.
“When I talked to this lady repeatedly for three of fours days, advising her to look beyond the horizons of defeat, and march ahead, she somehow gave up the idea of ending her life and told me that she felt comfortable after this session of counseling”.
Recalling some other funny feedbacks, his eyes lighten up. “My best compliment so far has been from one Sanjay Patel, a business man from Indore, who told me that my whenever he heard my voice it felt as if his wife was giving him a leg massage” he said.
Speaking on the bright prospects for youngsters pursuing a career as a radio jockey, he said that the boom phase in FM has opened an entire gamut of opportunities for RJ aspirants and the pay packet was also attractive enough to lure the young crowd.
And what tips does he have for budding RJs? “Well, when you’re into the business of talking, your identity is your voice; hence you got to maintain it. Keep cigarettes and alcohol at bay, as it is injurious to vocal chords and avoid very hot and chilled things.
And what is his success mantra: “Aiy Gardishe Aiyam Tu Mujhse Mat Ulajh, Maine Har Rang Me Jeene Ki Kasam Khai Hai” Good thought indeed.